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Advanced patrol ship hits water
Updated: 2005-02-23 12:43

China's largest and most advanced maritime patrol boat, the "Sea Patrol 31," started its mission on Tuesday. Equipped with a world-leading information gathering system, the patrol boat is able to handle maritime issues that safeguard China's maritime sovereignty.

The patrol boat is 112 meters long and 14 meters wide, with a displacement of 3,500 tons. It mainly patrols across the South China Sea, the lifeline of China's energy, resources and container transportation.

Liu Gongchen, the deputy director of China's Maritime Safety Administion, says the boat has quite a sound body able to resist heavy wind and terrifying waves. With various and complete functions, "Sea Boat 31" boasts the most advanced patroling technologies of any boat in China.

"The main task for this boat is to settle sea accidents within the shortest time, rescue passengers on sinking boats, direct sea transport and monitor pollution such as waste discharges," said Liu.

Liu Gongchen points out that all practical functions attribute to an advanced network system, which is used to gather and transmit information in time. Therefore, the boat can launch 24-hour rescue work with accuracy.

As a part of China maritime system, the boat will play its essential role in initiating effective maritime patrolling. Liu Gongchen says encouraged by the successful breakthrough, China plans to manufacture more patrol boats in the future:

"China has already had a patrol boat with a displacement of 1,500 tons which serves on the East China Sea. This year China prepares to build another 3,000-ton patrol boat for the northern Yellow Sea. In the next five years, we plan to build about 1,000, 3,000 or 5,000-ton boats to achieve the developed country level," said Liu.

Liu Gongchen also confirms China will make full use of these patrol boats with advanced functions, by strictly following the international conventions and domestic laws with a view to better safeguard China's maritime territory.

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